Leading Neo-Nazi Urges Supporters to Target Jewish, Black Institutions Near Richard Spencer’s University of Florida Speech
The head of a leading neo-Nazi website is encouraging people who are unable to attend white supremacist Richard Spencer’s talk at the University of Florida (UF) on Thursday afternoon to target local Jewish and other minority institutions in Gainesville.
Andrew Anglin, founder of the Daily Stormer, urged followers on Thursday morning to dress “normally” — “don’t look like an antifa (but don’t look too Nazi either)” — and stage flash demonstrations across the city to “protest Jews, black crime, Jewish media, Jewish coffee — whatever.”
He shared the addresses of the Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student Center at UF, the Institute of Black Culture, the Gainesville Sun, and a local Starbucks (one of the popular chain’s founders was Jewish, as is its executive chairman) — though he cautioned that cops might be at these locations due to their inclusion on his list, so other spots could be preferable.
“You can also demonstrate in favor of things, if there are statues of historically great white men (there are),” Anglin added, noting that each protest should not exceed ten minutes.
He recommended a number of chants, including, “We’ve had enough of this anti-white Jewish coffee,” as well as “You/Jews will not replace us,” and “Shlomo go home.”
“The point is to confuse the situation and to create public attention, to make it feel like the entire city is taken over by our guys,” Anglin wrote.
Jewish groups have continued to encourage students and other community members to avoid Spencer’s talk, with the Anti-Defamation League writing on Twitter, “Showing up will only play into their hands.”
Chabad at UF, which was included on Anglin’s list, told The Algemeiner that it had been in touch with law enforcement officials since the early morning hours.
“We are resilient, we’re not afraid, we have special security precautions and protocols in place,” said Rabbi Berl Goldman, the center’s executive director.
“This is one of their hate-filled tactics and it doesn’t surprise us,” he continued. “It will not change or God forbid cancel our services and programs. To the contrary, we’re wide open and asking all students and community members who always attend to continue attending.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday in Alachua County, where UF is located, in preparation for mass protests and counter-protests surrounding the Spencer event. Many classes have also been cancelled in anticipation of the heightened police presence on campus and road closures.